People are often surprised to learn that we make our own pepperoni. Indeed, it wasn't long ago that we ourselves had never heard of making homemade pepperoni! Making pepperoni enables us to enjoy a high-quality meat for less money than we would spend to buy it pre-made.
This week's frugal tip is a step-by-step photo tutorial on making homemade pepperoni! It's easier than you think!
To begin, place your meat (I use lean ground beef) and seasonings in a large bowl. This was an 8-pound batch (I quadrupled my recipe!) because the meat was on sale this week.
The meat is kneaded so that the spices are thoroughly dispersed. Like making meatloaf! :) Then cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1-3 days, kneading once each day. Pepperoni tastes best if the spices have been permeating the meat for several days before/after cooking. :)
Next, divide the meat and form it into logs. I had to make 2-pound logs, which were thicker than usual, in order to get all 8 pounds of meat on my tray. The tray catches excess grease.
Bake the logs at 200 degrees Farenheit for about 8 hours, turning logs during bakin if desired. I baked mine overnight, so I only turned them once.
When pepperoni is finished baking, allow to cool, and slice. Slicing is the most time-consuming part of making pepperoni!
I put the sliced pepperoni in freezer bags and freeze. Then, I remove some from the bag for pizza, whenever we decide to have that. The pepperoni thaws quickly. It's very handy!
Here is our favorite pepperoni recipe: Tammy's Spicy Pepperoni. It's perfect for pizza or for a spicy snack!